Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Educational Leadership


Robert Knoeppel

Committee Member

Patricia First

Committee Member

C Michael Campbell

Committee Member

Mason Gary


Recent studies have found that Career and Technology Education can lower dropout rates among high school students (Stone and Lewis, 2012). Students that are enrolled in Career and Technical Education are exposed to a plethora of career opportunities that they may not be cognizant of without the learning environment found at Career and Technology Centers. African American students participate in Career and Technology Education more than any other racial or ethnic group (Silverberg, 2004). Because Career and Technology Education has been found to be an important aspect of increasing graduation rates and African American students participate more than any other racial or ethnic group, the purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of student experiences while attending a Career and Technology Education Center. The goal of the study was to determine how students' experiences impacted their high school completion and the career cluster in which they chose to enroll.